Adult Services

Severe & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) Defined

While most of the services Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. offers are available to any county resident, the State of Kansas, Social and Rehabilitative Services, Health Care Policy – Mental Health Services has determined that an adult must have a severe and persistent mental illness to qualify for certain intensive services. This is a requirement of SRMHW’s license to operate as a Community Mental Health Center. Because of this requirement some of our programs are available only to adults who meet the following definition of having a severe and persistent mental illness.
Definition: Adults must meet the following criteria to be determined as having a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI):
1. The individual is over the age of 18.
2. The individual must meet the diagnostic criteria from the Fourth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association for Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder Delusional Disorder, Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder or other Psychotic Disorder.
3. The individual must have experienced one of the following;
a. hospitalization at least once in his/her lifetime or
b. at least one episode of disability requiring continuous structured supportive residential care, lasting for at least two months or
c. at least one episode of disability requiring continuous, structured supportive care, lasting at least two months, where the family or significant others provided this care in lieu of the individual entering formalized institutional services.
4. The individual has experienced three of the following conditions;
a. unemployment, employment in a sheltered setting, or has markedly limited skills and a poor work history
b. requires public financial assistance for their out-of-institutional maintenance and is unable to procure such financial assistance without help
c. shows severe inability to establish or maintain a personal support system, evidenced by extreme withdrawal and social isolation
d. requires help in activities of daily living such as shopping, meal preparation, laundry, basic housekeeping and money management
e. requires help in attending to basic health care regarding hygiene, grooming, nutrition, medical and dental care, and taking medications.
f. exhibits inappropriate social behavior not easily tolerated in the community, which results in demand for intervention by the mental health or judicial systems.

Adult Case Management

PURPOSE: To assist individuals and families of individuals, who suffer from a severe and persistent mental disorder to remain in their home and community. A case manager’s role includes assisting the individual by helping remove barriers to recovery, and assisting the individual in obtaining resources and services that are necessary to ensure continued individual growth.
PROCEDURE: Case managers and clients assess the individual’s strengths, needs, skills, supports, and resources. This information is brought to the treatment team and integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan. The case manager then works with the individual and the individual’s family or significant others to accomplish the treatment goals.
FEES: State grants and Medicaid reimburse these services for indigent individuals with a serious and persistent mental disorder. Otherwise, fees are adjustable based on a sliding fee scale according to income and number of dependents living in the home.
ACCESS/REFERRAL: Adult residents of Cherokee County Kansas that meet Kansas state criteria for serious and persistent mental disorders (see page 15) can access case management services through their licensed professional therapist and treatment team.
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300, Columbus (620) 429-1860

Housing Assistance

PURPOSE: To assist persons with severe and persistent mental illness to locate and afford a safe and clean independent living environment.
PROCEDURE: Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. has a limited amount of funding available for temporary rent subsidies and to help clients obtain needed items for setting up residence.
FEES: Consumers participating in this program will ultimately be responsible for their own living expenses.
ACCESS/REFERRAL: Persons must meet the criteria for SPMI and be able to live independently. Persons must also be a consumer of services at Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. and be receiving case management services.
CONTACT PERSONS TITLE: Emergency Services Case Manager
CONTACT PERSONS PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300

Adult Psycho Social Treatment Group

PURPOSE: Spring River Mental Health & Wellness’s Adult Psycho-Social Treatment Group assists individual’s with serious and persistent mental illness to alleviate social isolation, develop supportive relationships, and to learn necessary activities of daily living. Persons are also educated about and practice basic health care, functional leisure activities, and encouraged to practice social skills in a variety of community settings.
PROCEDURE: Staff members provide a safe, supportive and stimulating group environment where group members can address the psychological and social issues that prevent them from feeling comfortable in participating in their communities and society as a whole. The group helps individual members become aware of and alter attitudes, thoughts, feelings and behaviors that create barriers to recovery. Social skills are taught, discussed and practiced in a variety of community settings.
FEES: Fees are reimbursed by Medicaid and supplemental state funding for those who qualify. Otherwise, fees are adjustable based on a sliding fee scale according to income and member of dependents living the home.
ACCESS/REFERRAL: Referral to the Psycho Social Treatment Group is made by the primary therapist, case manager and treatment team as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Once an individual is referred to the group, facilitators meet with the person and assess their strengths and needs. Group activities are scheduled according to the need and desires of the group as a whole.
CONTACT PERSON: Therapist or Case Manager
CONTACT NUMBERS: Columbus (620) 429-1860, Riverton (620) 848-2300